Thinking about straightening your teeth with Invisalign? The clear aligners work well for many people and many conditions, but they aren’t the right fit for everyone.
We offer a free initial consultation to learn more about Invisalign and see if it’s appropriate for your needs. During this consultation, we’ll evaluate the alignment of your teeth and your bite to see if Invisalign will work for you.
Invisalign is a great choice to treat mild to moderate misalignments including:
If you have significant occlusion problems – problems with the way your teeth come together when you close your mouth – conventional orthodontics might be a better option for you.
Invisalign is ideal for adults who want to maintain their mature, professional appearance. Teenagers may benefit from Invisalign Teen, which offers features that make it easier for teenagers to maintain and change out the aligners according to the correct schedule.
At Dental Design, one of our goals is to make dentistry personalised and customised. No mouth is the same, so why would your dental care be? To schedule your free consultation, give us a call at 02 9905 3660 or request an appointment using our convenient form on the Contact page!
At Dental Design, we make your comfort one of our top priorities. That means that we take extra precautions to help ensure that you feel no pain during your treatment.
Our doctors and hygienists practise gentle dentistry. We take the time to get to know your preferences so that we can customise your care specifically for you.
We also use anaesthetics before all treatment to make sure you don't feel a thing.
In case you need some extra help feeling calm and relaxed during your appointment, talk to us about our sedation dentistry options. We offer nitrous, a gas that is breathed in through a mask, and IV sedation. Nitrous is a mild sedative that relaxes you and helps dull the sounds and sensations of the dental office. You might know it by its more familiar names, "happy gas" and
Dental fear is an incredibly common concern. Far too many people avoid regular dental treatments because they feel fear and anxiety about the dentist and dental care, and popular culture only serves to validate those feelings with their portrayals of dentists on TV and in movies as mean, stupid, cruel, and even sadistic.
Your feelings of fear and anxiety are very real, and we are certainly not going to shame you for them or cause you to feel embarrassed. We're determined to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem!
Sedation dentistry is a way for frightened and anxious patients to relax – and even sleep – through their dental appointments. We offer both nitrous oxide and IV sedation here at Dental Design so you can have the level of sedation that is right for you.
Nitrous oxide, known by many as "laughing gas" or "happy gas" is a mild sedative that relaxes the mind and dulls the sounds, smells, and sensations of the dental office. The sedative effect starts as soon as you start breathing in the gas and dissipates quickly once the mask is removed. In fact, you'll even be able to drive yourself home!
IV sedation produces a deeper level of sedation. Many patients actually fall asleep while undergoing IV sedation, which makes it easy to perform more complex treatment or even multiple treatments in a single appointment.
If you'd like to learn more about sedation dentistry, please call our office today!
Dental amalgam or "silver fillings" have been used for over a century and have been a reliable way of restoring a tooth that is decayed or broken. Amalgam fillings can last a long time and most research shows no absolute proof of adverse effects of having them in your mouth, though some would debate this point.
However, amalgam fillings do have several drawbacks. The tooth around an amalgam filling tends to be under greater stress and we see cracks in the tooth structure over time. Sometimes these cracks may result in loss of significant tooth structure resulting in the tooth requiring a crown or root canal treatment. Amalgam fillings can corrode over time and if the amalgam starts to break down then the material can be ingested. The appearance of amalgam fillings is something most people do not like and amalgam can cause the tooth to darken as well.
We do not place amalgam fillings for a number of reasons and find that alternative materials work much better.
Composite resin or "white filling material" is the most widely used alternative and offers a fantastic result where the loss of tooth has been "small to medium". The composite bonds to the tooth, is ready to eat on straight away and can be matched perfectly to the colour of your tooth. With composite we can achieve an invisible repair of the tooth.
Modern porcelains are very strong and offer fantastic long term solutions, especially where a significant amount of tooth tissue has been lost. Whether the porcelain "caps" the whole tooth or just "fills" in the cavity, it is custom made in a lab for your tooth and is bonded in place. In many cases it is the best solution.
Some people are happy to consider gold restorations and these have a long track record of success. Where aesthetics are not important gold can be an excellent material of choice. Similar to porcelain the gold restoration is custom made and bonded in place.
At Dental Design we prefer to remove amalgam as soon as the filling or tooth is compromised and recommend the removal is not delayed. We use rubber dam to isolate any tooth that is having an amalgam filling removed so that no amalgam is released into the mouth as well as using copious amounts of water with high speed suction to prevent aerosol of the amalgam. We are also able to take further steps should you have any concern about the removal of the amalgam.
If you are worried about your old silver fillings and would like to consider removing them, give us a call. We can advise you of the best options for their replacement.
A significant percentage of dental disease occurs in areas that are hard to see with the naked eye. The areas include between the teeth, below the gum line and under existing restorations. If left undiagnosed the disease can progress with no obvious signs or symptoms. Dental x-rays allow the dentists and hygienists to see signs of dental disease that would otherwise be missed.
For this reason we routinely take a range of x-rays when we see you for the first time. This allows us to diagnose any disease that is present or confirm the lack of disease and are tailored to what we see visually in the mouth. Regular preventative x-rays are also important in diagnosing any disease processes as early as possible, which can result in any required treatment being conservative. The frequency of the taking of these x-rays is normally every 2-3 years, but may be more regular if the risk of dental disease is higher. Obviously we will not take x-rays unless there is good reason to do so.
At Dental Design we use digital x-rays, the dosage is less than 10% of traditional film based x-rays which means they are very safe. The dose for a full set of x-rays is less than the natural background radiation you are exposed to on any given day.
In summary, dental x-rays are a crucial part of your regular dental treatment and form an important tool in preventing dental disease from progressing. The dentists and hygienists can answer any questions you may have about the taking of dental x-rays at Dental Design. So what're you waiting for? Give our dental office a call.
We need to make any visit to the dentist as pleasant as possible, and this is especially true for your child. For this reason it is best to start bringing in your child before they have any problems. Having positive experiences will ensure they look forward to their dental visit rather than dreading it. Then if any treatment is required, this will be easier to administer. Preventing any dental disease is the goal and seeing them from a young age can help us achieve this.
You could start by bringing them along to your regular exam and hygiene appointment, they could have the hygienist quickly look at their teeth if they'll allow it. Then when they are confident enough, we can get them to sit in the dental chair on their own, have their teeth counted and even have them polished. This normally would be the case once they are 2-3 years of age.
At Dental Design we have iPads in the reception area for your child to enjoy when they arrive at the practice, there are TVs on the ceilings in the treatment rooms to distract them and they can walk away with a prize for being a star patient! If you're looking to make an appointment for your child, or your family, please don't hesitate to call the Dee Why team at Dental Design.
Missing teeth can create a huge problem – both socially and functionally. Fortunately, we have a number of options available to replace your teeth in ways that are aesthetic and restore your function.
A traditional way to replace teeth is using a dental bridge. This prosthetic fills in the space left by the missing tooth to complete your smile and make it easier to enjoy your favorite foods.
A more modern way to replace teeth is using dental implants. This option has an extra feature. It includes an artificial titanium post that is placed surgically into your jaw bone and mimics the action of your natural root. This means that it will help prevent the bone loss that so frequently accompanies tooth loss.
Implants can be completed with a crown or, if you are missing multiple teeth, they can be used to secure a bridge or even dentures.
Dr Sian has over 18 years of experience placing dental implants. If you're wondering whether a dental implant would be right for you, please call our Dee Why dental practicetoday to request a consultation. Dr Sian will listen to your goals and evaluate the health of your jaw bone and provide his professional recommendation.
Your first appointment is $195. This includes a thorough examination as well as all x-rays, photos, and moulds of your teeth. Most health funds cover this cost completely, and you are welcome to call our office to learn more. Once we have a better idea of what is going on in your mouth, we can start putting together your customised dental treatment plan. Every patient is unique, and no mouth is exactly the same!
One of our goals at Dental Designs is to make it easy for Dee Why families to get the dental care they need without a lot of stress or hassle. This is why we offer extended hours – including Saturdays!
We open at 7 am on Fridays so you can get your check-up in before work or your child can have a cleaning before school. If weekdays aren’t great for you, let us know and we’ll find a Saturday that will work.
Costs and other issues shouldn’t keep you from getting the dental care you need to stay healthy. We’re happy to talk to you about payment options, including payment plans through Zip or Smile Right for any treatment that isn’t covered by your health fund. If you've got more questions about dental treatments at our Dee Why dental office, give us a call.